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Cardinals trade up to draft QB Rosen at No. 10

10:08 PM ET ESPN News Services The Arizona Cardinals moved up in the NFL draft to get their quarterback of the future, selecting former UCLA star Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick after trading into that spot with the Oakland Raiders. Arizona parted the 15th overall pick, a third-round pick (No. 79 overall) and a fifth-rounder (No. 152) to land Rosen, who became...

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Giants prioritize run game by picking Barkley

8:31 PM ET The New York Giants added another weapon to their offense with the selection of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Thursday night. Barkley joins an offense loaded with weapons at quarterback Eli Manning‘s disposal. They include 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., 2016 second-round pick Sterling Shepard and 2017 first-round pick...

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Curry practices in full, questionable for Game 1

6:11 PM ET OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is almost back. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Curry is listed as questionable for Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. Curry on Thursday participated in his first full practice since suffering a Grade 2 left MCL sprain in his left knee on March 23. The...

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NBA concedes missed goaltending on LeBron

4:51 PM ET ESPN News Services LeBron James‘ big block of a shot by Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo at the end of Game 5 should have resulted in a goaltending call, the NBA acknowledged Thursday. Victor Oladipo said LeBron James’ pivotal late-game block should have been called as goaltending. The Cavaliers needed every one of their star’s 44 points to earn a Game...

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Release of H.S. tweets put QB Allen ‘in a panic’

1:08 PM ET Potential No. 1 pick Josh Allen took responsibility for inappropriate tweets that he sent while he was in high school after they were made public Wednesday night, noting that their release put him “in a panic.” “If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat,” Allen told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Thursday. “At the...

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Cowboys stars to flank Goodell onto draft stage

12:24 PM ET FRISCO, Texas — Commissioner Roger Goodell will have some company when he walks to the front of the stage Thursday night to start the NFL draft at AT&T Stadium — the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Booed in the past when taking the stage, Goodell is expected to be flanked by some Cowboys greats — Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach...

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Boo insurance? Cowboys stars to flank Goodell

11:16 AM ET FRISCO, Texas — Commissioner Roger Goodell will have some company when he walks to the front of the stage Thursday night to start the NFL draft at AT&T Stadium — the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Booed in the past when taking the stage, Goodell is expected to be flanked by some Cowboys greats — Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach...

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Sources: Teams believe Browns pick Mayfield

9:21 AM ET The Browns continue to keep the decision on their No. 1 pick a secret, but there is a mounting belief from head coaches and general managers around the league that Cleveland will take quarterback Baker Mayfield, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday. The Browns hold the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the draft, which begins Thursday at 8 p.m....

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QB Allen apologizes for offensive H.S. tweets

3:34 AM ET On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media. Rocket arm. Freakish talent. The Wyoming quarterback could be a superstar. But Allen has flaws that stand out from the usual top draft pick. Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson? It’s not easy. History tells us evaluating quarterbacks is...

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Favre flattery: Mayfield revives draft-day photo

3:07 AM ET On the eve of the NFL draft, Baker Mayfield turned back the clock and showed he’s having a ton of fun with one of the biggest moments of his life just hours away. The Heisman Trophy-winning University of Oklahoma quarterback posted a photo on Twitter that recreated the well-known Brett Favre image from the 1991 draft, when the future Pro Football...

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Wall: ‘We love our chances’ at forcing Game 7

2:41 AM ET TORONTO — After relinquishing a five-point fourth-quarter lead on the road in Wednesday’s Game 5, John Wall said the Washington Wizards still are extremely confident that they’ll force a Game 7 and be back in Toronto on Sunday. The Raptors and Wizards honored the victims of Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto with a moment of silence Wednesday night before Game...

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Pacers’ Oladipo: LeBron goaltended on my shot

2:00 AM ET ESPN News Services Another LeBron James block keyed a big playoff victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, but Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo contends it should’ve been called a goaltend. With the score tied at 95, Oladipo — who shot just 2-of-15 in the Game 5 matchup — drove the left side and was at the rim when James swooped...

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LeBron James caps classic performance with epic buzzer-beater

10:25 PM ET CLEVELAND — LeBron James has played 984 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Whenever it ends, be it sooner or later, it will have been a ride of a lifetime. Even in a career stocked with incredible playoff performances, James delivered a certified instant classic Wednesday night in one of those teeter-totter Game 5s that often determine seasons. The headline is he...

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Sources: Bryant rejects Ravens’ multiyear offer

4:48 PM ET Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant turned down a multiyear offer from the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN has confirmed. Bryant wants a one-year deal and a chance to prove himself, in hopes of getting a bigger long-term deal in 2019, sources said. The news was first reported by The Doomsday Podcast. The Ravens’ interest in Bryant dates back to the 2010...

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Everything that happened in the NBA playoffs on Wednesday

12:17 AM ET For the first time since May 3, 2013, the NBA playoffs featured four games on a single weeknight. If you missed a single second of the action, we have you covered with all the stars, shots, comebacks and clinchings you need to know. Cavaliers lead series 3-2 | Box score LeBron James delivers at the buzzer play 0:57 With 3.0 seconds...

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